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Firefight by Brandon Sanderson ARC {4 Stars}

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson continues the Reckoners series by telling the story of what happens after you face down with a demi-god of a super villain. There will be spoilers below for Steelheart, so check out my review of that instead if you want to be safe! I’ll be honest that Firefight was a weird book for me. I loved Steelheart so much and have such trust in Sanderson that I was expecting a whole hell of a lot. Firefight didn’t quite deliver, hence why I’m writing this review so long after reading I suspect, but Firefight was still a good book. Once I got halfway through, things were rolling, it was just getting to that point that was a struggle. Also omg I need Calamity NOW!

Note: I borrowed an advanced copy of Firefight. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson ARC {4 Stars}

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson (Reckoners #2)
Published by Delacorte on Jan. 6th, 2015
Genres: Dystopia, YA
Page Length: 416 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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They told David it was impossible--that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart--invincible, immortal, unconquerable--is dead. And he died by David's hand.

Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.

Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David's willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David's heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic--Firefight. And he's willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • Firefight takes place in former New York and it is so darn cool! It was really great to change locations for Firefight since there is only so long a city completely made of steel can hold my attention ;-). The water has been made to rise very high in New York, making it into a city of waterways with people living on the roofs of skyscrapers! There are of course new Epics that come along with a new city and some very mysterious powers!
  • I love how Sanderson weaves together multiple plot lines and in Firefight he does a great job of giving us a couple of different mysteries to bounce between but that ultimately all weave together in awesome ways.
  • Gah Calamity! So if you recall, Calamity is the big red sphere up in the sky that appeared on the same day that Epics started getting powers and we HAVE NO IDEA WHY! (Hence my excitement for the name of book three!) But in Firefight we start getting to hear questions about Calamity so we’re that much closer to answers? All I know is that once David starts wondering about something, he will figure it out eventually! :D
  • You’d think after years of reading Sanderson books (and I’ve read nearly everything he’s published!), I’d be able to guess where he is going with plot twists once in a while. Nope! I still couldn’t guess the plot twists and I love love loved it!
  • The last third of Firefight was basically lots of little pieces all clicking together in clever and completely logical ways that I only sometimes saw coming. I love the clicking of pieces especially when they involve figuring out the rules of the magic system!!!
  • Fore all the above reasons, the last third of Firefight is seriously addictive. You need to clear your schedule and get some snacks because you can’t put it down once you hit it. I was very lucky it was a Saturday afternoon.

Weaknesses:

  • I mentioned above that Firefight was a bit of a weird book for me at first and I’ll be honest that that first half/middle is pretty darn slow at times. I just didn’t feel entranced like I normally do with Sanderson books. I kept putting it down and doing other things D:.
  • I absolutely adored David and his really bad similes in Steelheart, but he honestly started to annoy me in the beginning of Firefight. He just didn’t come off as charming as before and I actually found myself rolling my eyes at some of his attempts at humor.
  • Probably the most frustrating thing to a lot of readers will be the relationship angst. The book is called Firefight after all so you probably saw this coming. I guess it makes sense for a teenage boy to feel all angsty about the girl he has a crush on who is of questionable morals at best, but gah I just didn’t care!

Summary:

Firefight is a good sequel to Steelheart though doesn’t live up to the first book. There is a bit of second book syndrome in the beginning, but things do really pick up by the end and will have you dying for book three! There is lots more to find out about Epics and how they work and how they came about. Definitely continue the Reckoners series with Firefight because I suspect Calamity is going to be the best of all!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

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Comments

  1. Yayyyyy!! Glad you liked this one! I just binge read Steelheart, Mitosis, and Firefight and I cannot get enough of Sanderson. I agree – you’d think I’d be able to see these twists coming but I totally do not! He’s truly a gifted writer :D
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  2. I’ve heard nothing but praise for the new setting of this one so that bit wasn’t a big surprise…BUT, that bit about Calamity! :O And the plot twists, magically weaved plotlines and addictive ending have me super curious. I must get my hands on this soon. I am sorry that it took you a while to get reaaaalllly into this one. And that David kind of annoyed you more this time with his similes and romantic angst >.< Hopefully it was just middle-book syndrome and Calamity will smooth things over for you ;)
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    • Calamity!!!! I must know it all!!!!! I have faith that Sanderson will rock out with Calamity obviously ;-)

  3. I AM SO DESPERATE FOR THIS BOOK BUT BUYING BAN AND YOU’VE JUST MADE ME WANT IT EVEN MORE. The new setting sounds so cool and I can’t wait to see all the new powers and get answers. From the way you described it, all the twists are revealed in the way I like best and aaaaahhh!! Shame it didn’t quite live up to the first book, but at least there were still shocking twists!!
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  4. I’ve added this to my TBR! Great review!
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  5. Totally on my YA list for this summer!
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  6. Great review! I enjoyed Steelheart but I recently read Mistborn and wow. I loved it. I think I prefer Sanderson’s adult books but I know i’ll read this one eventually. I’m sad to see it had some slow bits but hopefully I’ll enjoy it too.

    • Thanks :D Yeah Mistborn completely knocks the socks off this series, haha. I think that the conclusion to this series will be amazing though!

  7. I keep thinking I need to read these books. I just haven’t gotten around to it.
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